“Spring Hill, Florida — The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office says a patrol deputy has been arrested for battery and false imprisonment after alleged inappropriate conduct with a traffic accident victim.
Deputy William Martinez was reportedly backing up the Florida Highway Patrol during a single vehicle accident on Deltona Blvd. and Founder Road on Jan. 23 when the incident happened.
According to witness statements, once the FHP trooper completed the accident investigation, Deputy Martinez gave the accident victim a ride home.
The victim went to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office the next day and claimed inappropriate conduct and contact with Deputy Martinez occurred during her ride home.
The sheriff’s office says Deputy Martinez originally denied any type of inappropriate conduct and/or contact.
The victim reportedly submitted physical evidence to authorities, however, that proves the deputy was lying about the encounter.”
From WTSP 10 news : http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/2014/03/13/2052882/
In annual reviews, Martinez consistently met or exceeded standards and was praised for his performance.
His most recent review praised Martinez for teaming up with other patrol squad deputies to pursue wanted subjects. Martinez could be counted on as a supervisor, and acted as a mentor to younger officers, the report stated.
Martinez was named deputy of the year in 2002, and has received the medal of valor.
Among the many accolades include saving two lost hikers in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, according to a letter from the Florida Fish and Wildlife conservation commission. (1)
(1) Hernando today Jan. 28 2014